I had been told by a North Carolina Clinard cousin Rick Russell that many of our early Clinards were buried in the Abbotts Creek neighborhood where they had homesteaded in the late 1700s near High Point, N.C. After years of researching and reading about them, I wanted to see where they had lived, so we made the short drive from Winston-Salem towards High Point, N.C., to the community of Abbotts Creek.
Here’s a 1780 North Carolina map with the area surrounding Abbotts Creek
And here’s what it looks like today as you drive through the neighborhood…beautiful farm land!
We headed to the Abbotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church and cemetery to find some Clinard relatives… the brick church building itself isn’t that old, but the families have been worshipping and burying their loved ones here since 1756.
The intricately carved headstones were lovingly carved by a highly skilled stone mason – I’ve never seen any as beautiful as these. They are works of art in themselves. I was contacted in October 2017 by Hazel Evert Inglis, who had read my blog and saw where I had noted I wished I knew who had created these amazing headstones. In her family research, she had discovered many ancestors buried in the cemetery, and talked to Rev. Roy Cantrell when she visited the cemetery.
Here are several links she provided to me on the origins of the headstones. This cemetery is historically significant in North Carolina for the intricate designs of the headstones. Follow these links to learn the history of the headstones, those known to be buried here, and the connection with the local cabinetmaking family the Clodfelters/Gladfelters whose outstanding work is featured in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) collection today.
Here’s Philip Mock, born in 1784, died in 1824, in the “pierced” headstone style.
Mom practicing her cemetery “dowsing” skills. As she walks over a grave, the stick will bend down to indicate a hollowness below. She can also find underground water sources doing this. This is a useful special skill for the keepers of old cemeteries, so they know where unmarked graves are and don’t dig them up when digging new graves.
Across the street is a bigger church, the Mission Baptist Church and Cemetery, where more relatives are interred.
This was active territory during the American Revolution and the troop movements are mentioned many times in the Moravian Records.
I’m sure there are many more relatives I didn’t photograph, but our time was limited.
As we had been driving down Abbotts Creek Church Road, I noticed a Clinard Oil sign and stopped in at the house next door to inquire where I might find some cousins (I was feeling adventurous that day). It so happened that we had found the home of Charlie Jack Clinard.
He only knew a few generations back and didn’t have any old pictures, but one of our Clinard cousins, Elizabeth Hayworth, who lives in the area, knew his family history and helped me out.
According to Elizabeth, “He is descended from Johann Philip Kleinert/Clinard to Jacob Clinard to Andrew D. Clinard, Sr. and Lydia Brown. Her father was Ezekiel Brown, but we don’t know her mother’s name, even though there’s an Ezekiel Brown Bible for records.
This was his “Grandpappy’s” chair that had been handed down to him.
Here is a photo that is on ancestry.com of Andrew D. Clinard Sr., 1793-1877. This would be Charlie Jack Clinard’s great-great grandfather.
Jack’s son Kelly lives in the old Spurgeon House just a few house’s past Jack and Laura’s on Abbotts Creek Road on the left. He told me “It was built in 1847 by slaves.” The old spring house sits on the hill below and the house “front” faced out over it.
The Spurgeon house built in 1847.
Here are some of the neighbors, along with our Clinards and associated families on the 1700s tax lists that cousin Rick Russell found in his research, along with an 1808 map.
Abbotts Creek is in the top right corner of the map.
Here’s some background history on the community and families of Abbotts Creek from the book Davidson County, North Carolina. Cousin Rick Russell had made copies of the pages about Abbotts Creek and it has lots of great information.
And a final map of the area when it was later known as “Brown Town”. Abbotts Creek Church is noted in the bottom right corner. Not sure of the source of this map – it was among Rick Russell’s research copies.
That’s it for now. Hope you enjoyed your visit with our North Carolina cousins!